Canvas and Mixed Media art, Succulent Garden, YouTube video

Art Journal Page- use a napkin

So this morning I got up and created some art! I decided to play along with the Facebook monthly art journal prompt of use a paper napkin as I had picked up one from a pub on our holiday which had a lovely texture I thought would be great for painting on.

I videoed the process and will link up the video once it’s finished loading to YouTube… but here is what I finished up with…

I used some of the stamped pieces from the weekend with James Sharpe Art and some other random bits and bobs I have stashed away and did some sewing too. Whilst this is using some of the things James showed us on that weekend it is very much more in my style with more mediums and lots of paint!

I’ve taken lots of closeup pics to show the texture… super happy with how it turned out.

So there you go… my paper napkin page in my journal. Pleased I found the time this morning to do this.

Happy crafting!


Distress oxide ink, First edition dies, Petal Palette, Petals and more, Spellbinders, Stitched framelits, Succulent Garden, Watercolor words, Watercolour paints

Catch up from class

Earlier this month I held a crafting session with friends and I never got round to sharing the cards I ended up making during the class. As per usual I swapped things up so I wasn’t making the same as the samples…

The theme of the class was watercolour and florals and I love how differently these all ended up.

Happy crafting!


Art Alchemy paints, Deco art fluid acrylics, Distress oxide ink, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Inktense, Derwent, Masks/Stencils, Succulent Garden

Atcs… random 147-150

More atcs… this time random ones I’ve just got around to blogging! 

This first one is for the #52cafecards #maremiscreativecafe J is for Journey theme. I used the pigment rich Deco arts fluid acrylic paint for this and love the vibrancy of the colours. 

And the next is H is for heart.  Some stencilling and plenty of Inktense along with distress oxides.

Then this one was just playing with some distress inks and bits from the stash that have been gifted in various swaps. 

I love those little paper flowers with gem centres… very cute indeed. 

Finally this started off using bits from the Oh so succulent class Helen did but then got covered in gesso and completely transformed! 

The butterfly is also from a swap but I added opal magic paints on top of the distress oxide painting to give it the fab shimmery colours.

And with that I’ve reached 150 before the end of March!!! Wowser. That’s a lot of atcs I’ve done… and the same and more yet to go! 

Happy crafting! 


Oh so succulent, Succulent Garden

Using up some succulent kit

Last week I went to Helen’s class where the kit for the project was very generous indeed. So yesterday I took the kit and decided to see what I could do with the pieces that I had already cut into. 

That was the starting point… and by the end… I still have lots of stash left… but none of them where they are partially cut into.  

So what did I make? Well I made three cards and then 9 card toppers that I just need to adhere to the card blanks. 

I used sentiments both from Oh so succulent and a magazine set I got last week. 

So once I’ve cut some card blanks these are all ready to add to the box for my auntie. 

Love how easily these cane together. Some were using Helen’s designs and some just made up as I went along. 

Happy crafting! 


Oh so succulent, Succulent Garden

Crafting at Helen’s retreat … oh so succulent!

Yesterday I took myself out for the day to craft with my friend Helen who is a Stampin up demonstrator and great teacher. She had planned a one day class using some lovely products from the Oh so succulent range (Oh so succulent stamps and Succulent garden dsp) and we made cards to go in the tin that’s in the saleabration.  I had a lovely day following Helen’s instructions (sort of!) and managed to make 7 cards and have oodles of supplies left to make more to go in the card tin… which I’ve planned to give as a gift to my auntie. 

Here is the tin… 

Then the inserts which I’ve only done three types of card so far… so that’s all I’ve done for the categories… 

Right now here are the cards I made following Helen’s designs and instructions… on most of the cards I also decorated inside the cards… not something I often remember to do but thought it would be a nice touch for my auntie. I also did some simple stamping for the envelope too. 

This was the most time consuming one I made as it involved lots and lots of masking but love the effect I got in the end. I did go a bit dark with the inking through the mask but still I love it. 

The colour scheme was so pretty for this project… I love the sugar Plum pink and the mint macaron in particular. So pretty. 

Helen had the matching framelits available for us to cut all the stamped images and Daisy flowers out. They did speed up the process a lot and I wouldn’t have wanted to fussy cut all the flowers out but I still am not a fan of framelits so I will have to use the good old fashioned scissors next time I use this set.

I do however love the Daisy flowers that are die cut from this set. They are super cute… and having seen what others have created using the larger succulent dies they are amazing. So I can see the value in getting them… even if it’s unlikely I would get them myself.

I chose, as Helen had, to make the cards tent fold. I much prefer this … or even to make them landscape … I think it’s a more unusual fold and makes the cards look elegant. Plus when cutting your own card blanks you have the freedom to do this and otherwise these are an expensive card blank type to buy.

So those were my take on Helen’s designs. I then made a card using scraps from the off cuts and a tiny bit of stamping… 

…as you can see I changed the envelope for this and also the card looks so different without dsp! 

I also made three ATC’S from some of the scraps on the table but not quite finished them yet so will post them when I do. 

As per usual for Helen’s classes, there is a ton of product left as she is suoer generous, so have enough to make three more cards on white card bases and then probably at least another ten cards if I was to use some precut card blanks or even some of the coloured cardstock she’s included too.  Maybe by the time my auntie gets this for her birthday in March it will be funny with plenty of lovely cards to last her a while. 

Happy crafting!